Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ina May Gaskin Event Calendar

There are so many exciting things happening in Sarasota the weekend of 10/31-11/1, and many of them involve the arrival of Ina May Gaskin to our beautiful city. At the request of several of you who would like the chance to spend some time with her, I'm posting an itinerary of events, dates, times, and ticket information. Please email me with any questions!

Safe Motherhood Quilt Presentation
Selby Public Library
Geldbart Auditorium
11:00 am-1:00 pm
FREE Admission
No Reservations Required

Join Ina May Gaskin, originator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, as she presents three panels of the quilt and discusses the hidden problem of maternal mortality in the United States. Following the presentation, Ms. Gaskin will sign copies of her three books, Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding. Proceeds from the booksigning will benefit Florida Friends of Midwives and The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project.

Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Sarasota Ballroom
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FREE Admission
Reservations Strongly Recommended (email me)

This groundbreaking program will feature a distinguished panel of internationally recognized speakers discussing the current condition of maternal health care in Sarasota as it relates to Florida, the US, and the world, and to possible paths of action to improve this condition. The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is sponsoring the event, along with co-sponsors Florida Friends of Midwives and the Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women.

An Evening with Ina May Gaskin
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
5:30 pm - ??
$35 Admission
Tickets may be purchased via PayPal on this blog or on the Florida Friends of Midwives website ( beginning Friday, 9/18 at 10:00 am. Guests may also purchase signed copies of any of the three books Ms. Gaskin has authored: Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, not yet released.

Only 150 guests will enjoy the privilege of dining with Ina May Gaskin, pioneer of modern midwifery, at this gorgeous waterfront venue. Tickets include dinner and live music from Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters. Guests will view a tribute to Ms. Gaskin’s work, enjoy a cash bar, and participate in a silent auction and raffle. Net proceeds will benefit Florida Friends of Midwives, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving midwifery access in Florida.

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